Using a social-psychological approach, this edition remains solidly grounded in theory and research but places greater emphasis on the individual and copying with death and dying. These two well-known authors and researchers integrate stimulating personal accounts throughout the text, and apply concepts to specific examples that deal with cross-cultural perspectives and the practical matters of death and dying.
This update of the 1998 edition reflects the coming "out of the closet" of discussions of these topics since the original 1985 edition. Sociologists Leming (St. Olaf College, MN) and Dickinson (College of Charleston, SC) have added chapters on living with dying, dying in the American healthcare system, the business of dying, legal aspects of death, and grieving throughout the life cycle. Other chapters on standard topics have been updated. Includes boxed inserts on practical matters, voices of those experiencing these states, other words of wisdom, and death across cultures; discussion questions; glossaries; suggested readings; and cartoons. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Michael R. Leming is professor of sociology at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. He holds degrees from Westmont College (B.A.), Marquette University (M.A.), and the University of Utah (Ph.D.). He has completed additional graduate study at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the founder and former director of the St. Olaf College Social Research Center and is a former member of the board of directors of the Minnesota Coalition of Terminal Care. He has served as a steering committee member of the Northfield AIDS Response and as a hospice educator, volunteer, and grief counselor. He is the author of numerous articles on social thanatology and family issues and has taught courses on death and dying for over 30 years.
George E. Dickinson is professor of sociology at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. He holds degrees from Baylor University (B.A. in biology and M.A. in sociology) and Louisiana State University (Ph.D. in sociology). He has completed postdoctoral studies in gerontology at Pennsylvania State University, in thanatology at the University of Kentucky School of Medicine, and in medical sociology at the University of Connecticut. He was Visiting Research Fellow in palliative medicine at the University of Sheffield's School of Medicine in England in 1999 and at the International Observatory on End of Life Care in the Institute for Health Research at Lancaster University in England in 2006. He has published over 60 articles in numerous professional journals.
1. Studying Dying, Death, and Bereavement
2.The American Experience of Death
3.Growing Up with Death
4.Perspectives on Death and Life after Death
5.The Dying Process
6.Living with Dying
7.Dying in the American Health-Care System
8.Biomedical Issues and Euthanasia
10.Diversity in Death Rituals
11.The Business of Dying
12.The Legal Aspects of Dying
13.Coping with Loss
14.Grieving Throughout the Life Cycle.